Monday, July 5, 2010
Last year, around this time, we impulsively decided to take in a mother dog and her litter of puppies who were about to be put down at a horrible pound a couple hundred miles away. All of them were terribly ill and half-starved, thanks to the abuse they suffered at this so-called "shelter". Two of the eleven puppies died before they even reached us, and a third died within the first twelve hours, despite our best efforts to save her. After two months of care and attention, we were able to adopt out the remaining eight, healthy, happy puppies to wonderful families who were delighted to have them. Mama had a longer road to walk, as she was weak and ill from both the abuse and from pregnancy and nursing. She stayed with us until she was well enough to be spayed, and then stayed with us until she recovered from the surgery...and then she just stayed with us. We named her Heidi, and in the past year she has become an indispensable part of our pack. We love her dearly and are incredibly happy she came into our lives. But there are thousands of great dogs being put down every day, simply because no one wants them. If you own a dog, please make sure it is spayed or neutered. And if you've ever considered adopting a dog from a shelter or a rescue organization, we want you to know that some of the best dogs in the world are just waiting for people to take them home.